by Windsor Dutton
I was ‘brought up’ in a Christian family. Hold On…don’t stop reading this tract just because every other testimony in this galaxy starts out with that sentence…it gets more interesting.
As I was saying, I have technically been going to church since I was conceived. I grew up watching Christian TV and listening to Christian radio [which in the early eighties was very limited]. I had a godly mother who taught me the ways of God and a father who was supportive in that area. And all of that was nice, but it didn’t do me any good on its own. The good thing about it all was that I was taught about God’s never-ending merciful love. Through my family, church, and reading the Bible myself, I also learned that as much as God loves me…that I was a sinner and that sin separates me from God [For ALL have sinned and COME short of the glory of God. -Romans 3:23], and that if I didn’t get saved that I would spend eternity in Hell without Him and His love [For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.-Romans 6:26]. I knew that I needed Jesus because I had sinned therefore I do come short of the glory of God and could not be with Him in Heaven. And I knew that even though I had done a lot of good things, it didn’t matter because God’s standard is not being ‘good’ or ‘more good than bad,’ but His standard is perfection. That’s why YOU and I both need Jesus. And that’s why Jesus came [For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16]. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9].
When I was a young child I became a Christian. I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and give me eternal life, and I TRUSTED His promise and had total faith that He would save me. After you become a Christian, you begin to grow spiritually; and as you read your Bible, pray, and worship more…your relationship with Jesus becomes closer, more real, and more alive. He has become my best friend; someone [the only one] that you can count on through anything, anywhere, because once He’s become your Savior, He never leaves you. [As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. -Joshua 1:5]. That’s what I love most about God and what’s so evident in the lives of Christians.
Starting off my life seemed fine, or at least normal…but my biological father began sexually abusing me when I was very young. When it all came out and my parents got divorced, my biological father payed off doctors to testify that my mum was insane, so he would get custody of me. By the grace of God, I ended up with my mum who was an instrument of God in my life. She spurred me on to develop my relationship with God, and HE helped me overcome the shame of my abuse. Then I had a step father who turned out to be an abusive alcoholic. He spent all of my savings and stole from our family to support his drinking habit. But God was watching over us then, and we knew it. Also my biological father kept my brother in hiding for nine years until the juvenile system contacted us because he was in the care of the authorities more than my father. Since then, we’ve had your typical car wrecks, unexpected bills, illnesses, and other such occurrences that happen to everyone. But with God as our refuge and lifeboat all that we [as Christians] can find in this life is joy.
God is all-powerful. He fights your battles for you. God gives you a peace that surpasses all understanding and a joy that has no comparison…especially in the midst of trials. As Christians we are not called to an ‘easy life,’as the world sees it, but in some ways it is easier because we have that peace that God gives that the rest of the world can only search for [Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth them out of them all. -Psalm 34:19]. [Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds for you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. -James 1:2-3]. [And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience. -Romans 5:3]. We gain that patience by knowing that God is truly in control and waiting on His will to unfold in His time.
So many times people get caught up in life’s troubles and wonder how they are going to work it all out. Christians don’t have to worry because we know that God IS in control and anything and everything that does happen God will give us His perfect peace about. We know to [Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6]. And [From the end of the earth I will cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. -Psalm 61:2-3]. I don’t have to worry…whether it be my salvation or my day to day trials. Though people will inevitably, always fail you, God will always be there for you and He never gets tired.
If you are not saved or still unsure of your salvation, GET SAVED and gain peace about your salvation. Then, grow in your relationship with Jesus, involve Him in every aspect of your life…let Him be your Savior, let Him be your Rock, let Him be your Guide and your Peace, let Him be your Strong Tower, let Him be your Best Friend.